Ms. Ilona Dávid, President-Director General of MAV Hungarian State Railways has been elected as President of HUNGRAIL

On 6 July 2016 the General Assembly of HUNGRAIL Hungarian Rail Association elected Ms. Ilona Dávid, President-Director General of MAV Hungarian State Railways, member of the Management Committees of CER and UIC, as new president of the association.

Ms. Ilona Dávid who felt honoured to receive her new position, accepted the role of president after Mr. László Mosóczi. He held the position for 5 years, then Mr. Mosóczi had been appointed Deputy State Secretary for Transport of the Ministry of National Development of Hungary. HUNGRAIL represents 100% of the rail passenger market, and 90% of the rail freight market. The aim of the new President is to increase this rate by helping companies improving the quality of rail services.

After the General Assembly President Ms. Ilona Dávid explained that one of her main objectives is to encourage a railway policy that could contribute to reduce the labour shortage in the railway sector, to improve the reputation of professionals in the railway sector, and to remove railway infrastructure bottlenecks. HUNGRAIL hopes that the Ministry of National Development – with which HUNGRAIL has already a strategic cooperation agreement – will be a supportive partner of the new President in her ambitious plans. HUNGRAIL believes that the former president Mr. László Mosóczi will further take an active role in settling railway related issues on government level.

„There is a need for an effective railway representation. In our country there are more than 40 registered companies in Hungary providing rail services, and they all contribute to rail passenger and rail freight activities worth of hundreds of billions of Forints. These operators are in strong competition with road transport. There is nearly no rail logistics area, which isn't in a fragile situation by the road transport. Today the representation of railways with multiple actors cannot be envisaged on the liberalized railway market without active participation of railway undertakings ", added the new President of HUNGRAIL, Ms.Ilona Dávid.

Ms. Ilona Dávid as the President of GYSEV and MAV plays a significant role in representing the Hungarian rail on international level. As the president of HUNGRAIL she will be able to continue this activity more dynamically.

This year HUNGRAIL Hungarian Rail Association has the honour to host the G4 General Directors Meeting in Budapest on 28 – 29 September 2016, with the aim to harmonize the development of railways in the area between the Danube and the Adriatic. After a successful event in 2014, HUNGRAIL will organize the CEE FUTURAIL international conference on 8-9 November 2016 again where key actors of the rail freight sector and CEOs of ports, terminals and operators of the Central European Region will meet to discuss the most significant issues of the region. HUNGRAIL has started to prepare for the Transport Logistic 2017 international fair, which will be held in Munich.We plan to introduce the overall logistic activities of the Hungarian railway sector at our own exhibition stand.

It is a great privilege for the association that the above mentioned events of great importance are going to be held under the leadership of its new president, Ms. Ilona Dávid.

The strategic goal of HUNGRAIL is to strengthen its negotiating power on international level together with the neighbouring countries’ associations in order to represent the special aspects of the region in the international legislation.

László Mosóczi represented our Association at the Market Place Seminar in Vienna

On the 18-19 of April, 2013 the 5. Market Place Seminar Conference welcomed its visitors in Vienna; the event was co-organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

The two-day market analyzing event primarily focused on examining the possibilities of eastern markets (relation of Western-Europe-Turkey, the ferry traffic of the Black Sea and the transit traffic of the Trans-Siberian rail route). 

Among the prestigious line of participants was the conference’s co-host: Rail Cargo Group, also GYSEV Cargo and the Express- Interfracht Internationale Spedition Gmhb.
Our association was represented by President László Mosóczi, who, in his lecture emphasized the strategic role of Záhony (Eastern-Hungary) in rail cargo freight, and reviewed the unexploited possibilities of the hub in terms of the available infrastructure and capacity. He briefly introduced HUNGRAIL’s opinion on the past and current state of rail cargo freight’s characteristics. The president provided a throughout picture of what consistent and professionally founded strategy the Association, along with its members, follows in order to increase traffic. Following this he introduced the organization’s plans for 2013. 
At the meeting, from our member company, Rail Cargo Hungary, Dr. Imre Kovacs, CEO and Chairman of the Board also spoke. He mentioned the problems related to the interoperability between wide and narrow gauged networks and possible solutions. He pointed out the potential in East-bound traffic, and introduced Rail Caro Hungaria’s steps towards the increase of this kind of traffic. He also acknowledged the Association’s efforts in the increase of the Hungarian-Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh-Chinese traffic. 
The participants found the seminar useful and expressed their hopes that the suggestions of the prestigious lecturers will also be implemented in practice.

Paris - Barcelona TGV to launch in April

paris barcelonaFRENCH National Railways (SNCF) and Spanish passenger operator Renfe have reached an agreement to start direct TGV services between Paris and Barcelona next month.

At present SNCF offers a twice-daily TGV Dasye service from Paris to Figueres, while Renfe serves its side of the border with two Madrid - Barcelona - Figueres AVE trains which are timed to connect with the TGV service. This scheme will be replaced in April by extending SNCF's services to Barcelona, with service set to offer a Paris - Barcelona journey time of 6h 20min. A third TGV will run at weekends.
The extended TGV services will use the new Barcelona - French border high-speed line which was inaugurated in January, and will stop at the new stations at Figueres and Gerona, while also serving Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpellier, Nimes and Valence in France. Some seats on the Spanish section will be reserved for Renfe's Avant regional high-speed brand to make domestic high-speed travel for Spanish commuters more affordable.

A new route will be established next month between Barcelona and Toulouse using at least four Renfe AVE 100 high-speed trains. The sets have been modified and were recently tested on the French network.

SNCF and Renfe are also set to announce the launch of several other new services between Barcelona and destinations in southern France in the next few months.


Another success for Austria: Vienna-St. Pölten railway

viena1In 2012, Austrian Railways celebrated 175 years of existence, a period marked by the construction, reconstruction, modernisation and development of the railway system, efforts to make it one of the most efficient transport networks in Europe and the present rewarding success of the national railway transport as a whole. At the end of 2012, Austria commissioned several railway projects with a total length of over 100 km: Lainzer Tunnel, Vienna-St. Pölten high-speed line, Lower inn Valley line and part of the new railway stations (Main Station). Investments will continue and by 2014, Austria wants to eliminate all significant speed restrictions in order to increase the quality of services. Also, by 2016, OBB plans to invest over EUR 2 Billion/year into national and international projects.

In real terms, the quality and efficiency of the transport infrastructure in Austria are criteria closely related to economic development. In this context, the West Line is not just a vital transport axis in this transport, but it is also prioritized by the EU due to its position: the development of the line is very important here because of UE’s extension to the east and because it has a major contribution to the improvement of traffic and to the increase of passenger and cargo transport demand.
Since 2004, the West Line has become part of the European railway axis Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava (Priority Project No. 17) and EU’s additional contribution to the Austrian section will amount to EUR 102.3 Million by 2015, EUR 9.4 Million of which come from the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP). Austria has covered for most of the costs of construction projects by investing EUR 5 Billion in Priority Project 17 (on its territory). By 2017, the development of all constructions proposed will significantly increase railway freight and passenger traffic and reduce the travel time.
The extension of the West Line with two double lines on the same route, Vienna-Wels, creates the premises for the urgent capacity growth and efficiency of the railway freight and passenger transport. Highly performing, the route will significantly reduce travel times over long distances and will aim to cover the distance between Vienna and Salzburg in two hours.
As part of the West Line, a new double line will be built on the route Vienna- St. Pölten, a line designed in conformity with the performance criteria for speeds of 250 km/h. The line is connected to Lainzer Tunnel to the east (connected, in turn, to the South and West lines and to Donaulände), while, to the west, the line will be connected to the existing West line at Wagram Junction, next to St. Pölten. The line stretches on 44 km, more than half its length passing through 8 tunnels.
The selection of the route has been set starting with 1990. Works on the report to assess the environmental impact were launched in 1995. An important part in the elaboration of the project was played by the citizens, the working groups and the political factor. As of February 2003, the authorities have initiated construction works on the established functions. Funds for the construction of the line have amounted to EUR 2.8 Billion, financed by the Railways and the EU (EUR 40 Million).
The new construction section Vienna – St. Pölten is one of the first infrastructure projects in Austria to be submitted to an environmental impact assessment pursuant to the Austrian EIA Act.


Germany to upgrade Munich-Salzburg railway

German transport minister Peter Ramsauer signed an agreement with the state government of Bavaria to finance the modernisation of the Munich – Mühldorf – Freilassing – Salzburg line.

The project includes the construction of a second line on Tüssling-Mühldorf section, works worth around EUR 127 Million. The agreement also includes the construction of a third line between Freilassing and Salzburg Taxham, at an estimated cost of around EUR 50 Million, EUR 6.5 Million of which will come from European funds.


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